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2012 September 3 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Louisiana Colleges Forge New Online Transfer Agreement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two years after introducing admission requirements, Southern University at New Orleans is offering a chance to people who can’t meet the standards.

The Times-Picayune reports they’ll have to enroll at the Southern University System’s Shreveport campus, but won’t have to leave New Orleans.

The Southern System’s Shreveport campus is a community college with open admissions. Participants in the program will take courses online from Southern-Shreveport instructors, said SUNO vice chancellor Donna Grant.

If students complete remedial courses they might need and earn 18 credit hours with a grade-point average of at least 2.0, they’ll be admitted to SUNO.

A similar initiative is offered at Southern’s main campus in Baton Rouge. About 100 students are expected there, and about 60 at SUNO, Southern System President Ronald Mason Jr. said.

Also eligible for the program at SUNO are 16 at-risk young men. They are the first participants in the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement, a program that will pay their tuition and on-campus living expenses and provide them with counseling to help them navigate college. The center is underwritten by two state grants totaling $1 million, said Warren Bell Jr., its director.

In return, he said, the men will have to work at least two years as teachers after they graduate.

Mason, who helped devise both programs, said they are designed to expose students to life on a four-year college campus, even if they can’t meet admission requirements.

  • Ivy Tech To Take Over Former Fort Wayne Mall

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College will lease the former Southtown Mall site from the city of Fort Wayne and assume ownership of the building in nine years.

The Journal Gazette reports Mayor Tom Henry and Ivy Tech Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee Mosier announced an agreement for the school to take control of the facility in 2013. The city uses the facility to house its police and fire training academies. Ivy Tech already had been currently renting 15,000 square feet in the 132,000-square-foot building for classes.

The move will save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars it bled every year in maintaining and operating the building. Under the agreement, the city’s police and fire departments will pay $380,000 annually to rent 38,000 square feet at the facility.

  • Wash. Budget Director To Head State CC Board

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director is moving on to a new job.

Officials said Marty Brown has been selected as the new executive director at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

That change will leave current budget deputy Stan Marshburn to lead the process of drafting a new spending plan later this year. Gregoire will propose the blueprint in December, while the next governor — either Republican Rob McKenna or Democrat Jay Inslee — will complete the budgeting process with the Legislature.

Brown has served time as budget director under both Gregoire and former Gov. Gary Locke. Brown will replace Charlie Earl, who is retiring.

  • Aggressive Raccoons Plague Seattle Campus

SEATTLE (AP) — North Seattle Community College has posted signs around campus warning people to beware of aggressive raccoons.

A neighbor says his dog was attacked twice by raccoons while they were on walks recently near the college.

The Seattle Times reports the college also hired a pest control company which has trapped one raccoon.

The state Fish and Wildlife Department says the best way to avoid making raccoons aggressive is not to feed them or to leave out pet food or garbage where they might eat it.

  • Man in Stabbing Case To Get Campus Escort

HONOLULU (AP) — Public outrage has led Windward Community College to revise a decision to allow a man acquitted in the stabbing of two hikers to attend college without supervision.

A judge had granted Benjamin Davis’ request to take classes at the college unsupervised, allowing him to leave Hawaii State Hospital two days a week.

Davis was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity after the 2009 random and repeated stabbing of two hikers at the Koko Head hiking trail.

KHON-TV reported school officials say that in light of public concern, Davis will be escorted while on campus. The college will also add more security staff.

  • Indiana Educator To Lead NJ’s Largest College

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Officials have picked an Indiana educator to lead New Jersey’s largest community college.

Following a yearlong search, B. Kaye Walter has been named president of Bergen Community College. The former chemistry professor, who served as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, will be paid a base salary of about $185,000, with allowances for housing, moving expenses and other benefits.

West will replace acting President Jose Adames who took office after the previous president was fired. G. Jeremiah Ryan drew criticism from county politicians and faculty.

Board of Trustees chairman E. Carter Corriston tells The Record newspaper the board was looking for experience and the ability to work with faculty, unions and administrators.

Bergen Community College has about 17,000 students.

  • Ex-Okla. Bursar Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City Community College bursar accused of a scheme to embezzle nearly $400,000 from the school has pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Brandi Henson entered the plea as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Henson admitted she improperly used the college’s PayPal account to post refunds and credits to her personal credit cards. Authorities allege she paid off more than $398,000 in personal credit card bills with the refunds that she posted to her personal accounts.

Henson worked for the school from 2003 through 2011 and had access to the college’s PayPal account. PayPal allows users to maintain financial accounts for the purpose of transferring money over the Internet.

She has agreed to pay restitution to the college.

  • Ivy Tech Plans New Site in Central Indiana

FRANKFORT, Ind. (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College is planning to open a new classroom site in the central Indiana city of Frankfort.

College and local officials announced plans for the city and Clinton County governments to buy the downtown building now housing The Times newspaper offices and build parking for the Ivy Tech site.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says the project will bring needed training opportunities to the city and bring more people into the city’s downtown business district.

Ivy Tech officials expect the new site to open in the fall of 2013 and appeal to many of the some 500 Clinton County residents now taking classes at the school’s Lafayette campus.

McBarnes says the city is working to help find a new downtown location for The Times newspaper’s offices.

  • Vt. Funds Fall Apprenticeship Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Labor is funding apprenticeship programs for plumbers and electricians this fall.

The grants to Vermont Technical College are for classroom instruction, test preparation and other activities. The classes will be held across the state.

The program includes structured on-the-job training and related technical instruction. It allows apprentices to learn while earning a competitive salary in high-demand jobs.

Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says apprenticeships are an excellent opportunity for Vermonters interested in the electrical and plumbing trades. If there is sufficient demand, instruction will be in traditional classrooms. If the numbers are small in a particular area, the classes will be delivered through interactive television.

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